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  •  no, I don't think this is about that (0+ / 0-)

    the contamination came from the factory apparently, and the fatty nature of nuts helped the salmonella survive.

    Peanuts are actually legumes - they're like peas or beans, but the pods go into the ground to mature. It's a pretty fascinating adaptation.

    Far as things growing in the ground - well, unless you want to exist on unfallen fruit, I'm afraid you're going to have to deal with contact with the ground!

    I'll go further to say that I'd rather lick the outside of a (fresh) potato, that hasn't greened up any - than a commercial apple, as apples are one of our most heavily sprayed crops.

    Aflatoxin is definitely a concern, but this diary is about salmonella. But it's worth bringing up in case people don't know about it.

    I understand your getting OCD about this stuff, though. Hell, I go through my rice grains when I don't like their looks. Imagine me, sitting in my parlour with a baking tray full of rice, assiduously looking for the moldy grains. Way low tech!

    "The intelligence it took to bring us to modern society may not be enough to get us out of it." = Einstein

    by mieprowan on Sun Jan 25, 2009 at 09:43:17 PM PST

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